Solving the problem of evil in the twenty-first century

Mr. Deeds

Played by Adam Sandler, Longfellow Deeds is simple man that has was tracked down in order to take over a multi billion dollar company that belonged to his deceased dead great-uncle. He goes to live in New York City for awhile until all “the paperwork” is done with. So along with taking over a company, the extravagent change from small town boy to big city livin’ is also part of the plot. He must also work with the company’s 2 top executives in order to take care of the business, Chuck Cedar played by Peter Gallgher and Cecil Anderson played by Erick Avari who are obsessed with greed. Another antagonist, Mac McGrath, come into the picture as he tries to exploit the story with the help of his assistant Babe Bennitt who poses as a school nurse that is being mugged. This attention grabbing situation finds Deeds and Babe together and sets them up to fall in love. Betrayal after betrayal in the city, Deeds finally relinquishes his title and goes home. He later comes back, the company is saved, gets the girl, and gets Chuck Cedar fired.

The use of some of the Dealy Sins show that there is evil in everyone. Some of more important aspects of the film relate to the temptation of greed and pride. Deeds does not fall victim to any sins after he gains so much money. Throughout the entire plot, he stayed true to himself and the simple living that he was accustomed to. Chuck Cedar let greed get the best of him as he was continuously urging Deeds to give up his title in order to gain control of the company. Cecil Anderson ended up following in Deeds’ loving nature and became a good guy. Babe Bennitt proves to be the femme fatale and uses lying and coercion to get stories in the news. But she realizes the wrong in her ways after she accidentally falls in love with Deeds. Deeds is shown as the ultimate protagonist as he not only sticks to his values but also forgives the many that were first against him.


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